25 arrested in dawn raids across south London

18 September 2019, 12:23

Police made a series of arrests in a dawn swoop today
Police made a series of arrests in a dawn swoop today. Picture: @rachaelvenables
Maddie Goodfellow

By Maddie Goodfellow

Twenty-five people have been arrested in dawn raids targeting suspected gang members in south London.

Scotland Yard officers seized £50,000 in cash, class A and B drugs and a taser in the 'targeted' raids.

A number of firearms were also found.

£50, 000 in cash was seized by officers
£50, 000 in cash was seized by officers. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Twenty-five people were arrested after warrants were issued at 40 addresses in Croydon, Wandsworth and Lewisham.

The Met's Violent Crime Taskforce Team arrested the suspects over a range of offences including possession of firearms, possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply, and handling stolen goods.

A taser was discovered at one of the addresses
A taser was discovered at one of the addresses. Picture: Metropolitan Police

Warrants have also been executed at seven commercial premises along South Norwood High Street.

All suspects have been taken to a south London police station where they remain in custody.

The operation forms part of the Met’s wider ongoing crackdown on violence and drug supply in London.

Class A and B drugs, including heroin, were seized
Class A and B drugs, including heroin, were seized . Picture: Metropolitan Police

Detective Chief Inspector Dan O’Sullivan said: “This morning’s operation is the culmination of an 18-month investigation by my officers."

“We have worked tirelessly to identify those believed to be involved in gang activity, supply of firearms, drug supply and violence across the south of London and I am pleased with the results of this activity."

“We will continue to work closely with our colleagues on borough and in other specialist units across the Met to identify and apprehend those intent on, or considering, committing acts of violence.”

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